Step 3- Sediment Maturation

Given many thousands of years, a stack of mud and organic remains many kilometers thick may pile up on the sea floor, especially in nutrient-rich waters. Given enough time, the overlying sediments that are constantly being deposited will bury these organic remains and mud so deeply that they will eventually be turned into solid rock. It is believed that high heat and intense pressure help along various chemical reactions, transforming the soft parts of ancient organisms found in the deep-sea sludge into oil and natural gas. At this point, this ooze at the bottom of the ocean turns into source rock.


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